How to find a good Autonomous Driving Engineer

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Are you looking for an Autonomous Driving Engineer but are finding it difficult to recruit one? Have you relied on recruitment companies but have not had the expected results?

In this article we explain who this figure is and what he/she does and the advantages of turning to Ricercamy as a partner in the search and selection of profiles in the automotive sector.

In particular, the context in which the Autonomous Driving Engineer works is that of ADAS systems, electronic driver assistance systems, of which we will give a brief overview below; advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) provide support, information and assistance and, at times, can also intervene to help the driver drive more efficiently and safely. Some of these systems are parking sensors, rear cameras, lane change warning systems and engine monitoring systems. They also include dials, sensors, displays and other means of transmitting information to the driver.

As a result of continuous technological progress in recent years, modern cars have become travelling laboratories equipped with electronic driver assistance systems developed to maximise driver and passenger safety. These electronic aids are referred to by the acronym ADAS auto, or Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, and this acronym identifies all the devices on the car to increase driving comfort and safety levels. When we talk about “ADAS system” we therefore mean advanced electronic systems such as, among others, rain sensors, twilight sensor, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, parking sensors, lane change warning or automatic signal recognition. All these devices are installed in newly type-approved cars to minimise the risk of accidents and make life in the car easier.

Some of the most popular driver assistance systems are:

Cruise control
Cruise control is an electronic system that allows you to automatically adjust your speed while driving. This system allows you to set a speed and keep it constant automatically, without having to hold down the accelerator. Usually using a lever, the system sets the desired speed and maintains it until the driver touches the accelerator, clutch or brake.

Speed adaptation
Intelligent Speed Adaptation, or ISA, is any system by which a vehicle’s speed can be varied according to the limits on the road. The system obtains the limit information through satellite navigation-like equipment, and supports the driver in sticking to the speed limit at all times. An ISA system can be passive or active, depending on whether it simply warns the driver that he or she is exceeding the limit, or whether it intervenes automatically to reduce speed.

Lane keeping
The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) is, as its name suggests, designed to prevent the driver from inadvertently straying into the other lane.

Collision warning and forward collision avoidance
Forward collision warning systems are detection systems, usually based on radar/LiDAR and cameras, designed to reduce the risk of collision due to driver inattention.

At the rapid approach of an obstacle, the driver is warned by an audible warning (collision warning). If the driver does not apply the brakes, the collision avoidance system automatically applies maximum braking force to brake the car or at least slow its speed to mitigate any damage.

From 2022, ADAS, the safety and driver assistance systems, will become mandatory throughout Europe. Thanks to the agreement reached in Brussels, all new vehicles will have to have automatic emergency braking or lane keeping as standard. The agreement will have to pass through all EU member states before it goes to the Parliament and the Council of Ministers. The new regulation provides for the introduction of around thirty advanced electronic systems to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers. Most of the requirements will be met by the launch of new models on the market in May 2022. Cars already on the market will have to comply by May 2024.

In this context, the Autonomous Driving Engineer profile operates, whose main objectives are:

Work to support the integration of new products, functionalities and systems within all vehicle platforms by reviewing with vehicle engineers the mechanical and electrical requirements and related constraints for integration on the vehicle.
Gather basic requirements considering legislation, engineering standards, security, IT security and product requirements (Elicitation of requirements)
Work cohesively as a member of the Vehicle Control development team, collaborating with other team members and interfacing as necessary with Chief Engineers and other departments, to support the integration of new functionality into the Vehicle Control Module, with the ultimate goal of maximising quality and delivering the new application on time and within budget
Interface with Software Suppliers and Application Engineers (vehicle and off-board applications) on the refinement of requirements and solutions (Supplier Management)
Visualize project progress and provide frequent updates on team progress to stakeholders, keeping project planning aligned with vehicle milestones (Project Control)
Achieve the completion of a homogeneous, officially recognised regulatory system for individual equipment and components
In order to perform the above activities, persons should have among their competencies

Master’s degree in Engineering with specialisation in Electronic, Mechatronic and/or Mechanical disciplines (with preference for Automotive Engineering or equivalent work experience (senior profile: 3-6 years of experience; specialist: 2-3 years
Knowledge of vehicle electronic architectures and applications, including CAN communication and diagnostics (SAE J1939 and ISO 14229 protocols – UDS), FMEA Design, Functional Safety
Good knowledge of the principles and functions of vehicle dynamics; Theory of automatic control; Autonomous driving functions; Electric and hybrid-electric vehicle architectures and controls
Knowledge of tools for system development and testing on the bench and in the vehicle (CANAlyzer, CANOe) and tools for calibration of specific applications (INCA, CANApe
Competence in design analysis and proven experience in the design and integration of electronic systems
Willingness to undertake international business trips for short to medium periods.
Obviously important soft skills complete the profile, such as: strong leadership and teamwork skills; strong commitment to achieving objectives; communication skills to collaborate with suppliers, other departments within the company and technical/management partners belonging to other agencies/companies.

In the automotive sector there is strong competition on the market and speed in contacting them and a study of remuneration are the foundations for optimising a selection process.

Ricercamy, a revolutionary and dynamic head hunter, born in March 2012, has, since its inception, been committed to introducing innovative elements into the world of Search and Selection that would improve the redemption of Recruiting activities.

According to a study by Linkedin, 75% of talent is passive and already working, not proactively looking for new professional opportunities. Only 25% of them are more consistently interested in actively searching for new job offers. Therefore, investing the company’s budget in subscriptions and/or offers from job posting platforms cannot be the only effective solution.

It is necessary to adopt a methodology that allows us to reach the best candidates: headhunting calls!

This is how our specialised headhunters find qualified staff for our clients.

Our consultants’ anonymous calls are able to intercept any profile with different seniorities.

Through a very thorough and technical telephone pre-screening, in addition to the personal data, we collect all the specifications on the candidate’s experience necessary to assess its validity and thus allow the candidate to access the next step.

All of the above is carried out and shared in real time via a cloud file in which it is possible to work hand in hand with the client company’s human resources representative, who does not have to wait 2-3 weeks to receive the first shortlist of valid profiles, but just a few hours!

Transparency and immediate sharing is a distinctive trait of Ricercamy, which has specialised over the years in the search and selection of technical figures in the automotive sector, thanks to the development of specific skills and knowledge of the profiles sought and the reference market.

By searching for personnel on a daily basis, our headhunters have acquired know-how and specialisation in their sectors, which allows us to be leaders in this market crowded with recruiters.

On the strength of our tools, since its inception, Ricercamy has helped from the smallest Start-Ups, to the big Giants in the selection of qualified personnel who are difficult and difficult to find. Thanks to our SMART commercial offer, our clients ask us to carry out selections that they have always tended to do internally, but since our costs are certain and we do not provide completion fees or exclusivity, they feel free to delegate to us all the management of their vacancies, or those activities that are more difficult or repetitive, thus lightening their workload.

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Alison Santoro

HR Consultant